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Castletown

(Balla Cashtal)

The old capital of the island with a very long history as the the home of vikings, kings, and government. There is much to see and do in this historical coastal town.

Castletown sits on the site of an ancient volcano. The town was the capital of the island for hundreds of years. The government was run from within it before moving to Douglas and much of what the island is today started in this historical town.

Tracing its origins back to 1090, Castletown holds true as one of the oldest towns in the British Isles. Its narrow streets and small fishing cottages prove this ancient past at every corner. The medieval Castle Rushen, once the home of kings and later government, still dominates the centre of town.

Fishing boats continue to fill the harbour, though Castletown saw the end of major commercial traffic to its port in the 1970's. The on going expansion of financial and industrial businesses in the area keep Castletown on the map as an important island town.


Events
Dates: Tuesday 25 November 2014
Description: Castletown Philatelic Society. Auction will be held at 8pm at the George Hotel, with viewing from 7.30pm. Contact Bernard Osborne (823373) regarding lots for the Auction. George Hotel, Castletown Square, Castletown.
Dates: Sunday 17 May 2015
Description: Castletown Festivals Picnic in the Park and Sports Day. A family fun event with fun sports, bouncy castles, fun stalls, play area, childrens attractions and live music. Bring your own BBQ or picnic. Selection of Castletown Festival Queen 2015 (Castletown and Derbyhaven residents only eligible), also charity Frog Frolic Race (MAWCH). 1pm until 5pm. (Reserve date if inclement weather is Sunday 24th May). Poulsom Park, Off Victoria Road, Castletown, 01624824393 http://www.castletownfestival.im.
Dates: Saturday 20 June 2015 - Sunday 21 June 2015
Description: IOM Dog Club Open Obedience Show Weekend. Obedience shows for Kennel Club registered dogs. Members of the public are welcome to watch. Southern 100 campsite, Arbory Road, Castletown from 9am. Southern 100 Campsite, Arbory Road, Castletown, 01624851653.
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Event information supplied by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism & Leisure (01624 686766)

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